Having spent more than 23 years as the operations engineer at Spokane County, I

have a good understanding of local government conduct. Prior to that, my experience was in highway and heavy construction, so I also have a good understanding of quality construction practices. I started by working my way through college as a heavy equipment operator and mechanics' helper.

Later, I was a construction engineer, project manager, superintendent, and estimator. In 1980, I moved to Spokane County as their first Maintenance Engineer. My first challenge was to develop and implement a Maintenance Management program. This involved an organizational culture change as well as technical implementation. Later, I directed the development and implementation of a Fleet Management program and full-service Pavement Management. I also conducted numerous Managed Competition exercises at Spokane County. I know from personal experience that all of these programs can be beneficial and cost effective if they are well done. I also know that if they are done poorly, they become just another bureaucratic nightmare.

I have a strong commitment to local Government and I want to share my knowledge and expertise with other agencies. This is evidenced by the many workshops and training sessions I have conducted over the last 20 years.

I head up a small and relatively unknown firm that is strong on practical knowledge. Many of the traditional engineering firms offer some of my services. How many of them have the practical experience?

I am ready, willing and able to be your off-site resource to do the projects for which you do not have time. Call me for more information or for a free, no-obligation on-site visit.

-Phil Barto, P.E.

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